Thursday evening Europa League action for Irish in UK...28/07/2015
With all of our Airtricity League clubs now having exited Europe, we turn our attention to those Irish players set for Europa League action with British clubs this week. First into action at 5.45pm on Thursday afternoon will be the Aberdeen trio of Willo Flood, Jonny Hayes and Adam Rooney who have travelled to face FC Kairat Almaty in Kazakhstan. Penalty shoot-out survivors West Ham United host FC Astra Giurgiu of Romania in Upton Park at 7.45pm with Darren Randolph and Joey O'Brien in their matchday squad, while Southampton and Shane Long enter the competition with a home first leg contest against Vitesse of Holland. Cavan native Cillian Sheridan is set for action with Cypriot club AC Omonia Nicosia who take on Brondby IF in Denmark.
Irish interest in SSE Women's FA Cup Final...28/07/2015
The SSE Women's Cup Final between Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies takes place in Wembley Stadium at 3pm next Saturday afternoon and may feature two current Irish internationals in direct opposition. Centre back Niamh Fahey is expected to start for the London club while striker Fiona O'Sullivan is part of the Midland club's squad.
Irish - End of season releases and transfers
The end of season culling of players is in full swing and a significant number of Irish are among the casualties. The current UK transfer window commenced on the 1st July 2015 and concludes on Monday the 31st August 2015. Early events have seen a disappointingly high number of Irish players released by their clubs. Senior international Kevin Doyle has secured a contract with MLS club Colorado Rapids following his departure from Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Alex Pearce has joined Derby County from Reading at the end of his contract. Darren Randolph, who declined a new contract offer from Birmingham City, has joined West Ham United. James McClean is the latest current international to secure a move, with his switch from League One Wigan Athletic to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. Stephen Quinn has secured a three year contact with Reading following his departure from Hull City and he will be joined by Paul McShane, who has made the same journey. Shay Given has moved from Aston Villa to Stoke City on a two year contract.
2018 World Cup Qualifying Group D fixtures confirmed...26/07/2015
The fixture schedule for Qualifying Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has this morning been confirmed by FIFA. Ireland will commence their challenge with a trip to Serbia on Monday the 5th September 2016. The remaining fixtures are;- Georgia (H) Thursday 6 October 2016, Moldova (A) Sunday 9 October 2016, Austria (A) Saturday 12 November 2016, Wales (H) Friday 24 March 2017, Austria (H) Sunday 11 June 2017, Georgia (A) Saturday 2 September 2017, Serbia (H) Tuesday 5 September 2017, Moldova (H) Friday 6 October 2017, Wales (A) Monday 9 October 2017.
European contestants resume Airtricity League action...26/07/2015
The three clubs involved in European action earlier this week were in Airtricity League action this Sunday afternoon. Premier Division leaders Dundalk played out a one all draw with second place Cork City in Oriel Park while Shamrock Rovers scored a comfortable four one success over Limerick in Tallaght Stadium. In the First Division, UCD scored the only goal to defeat Finn Harps at The Bowl.
2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg this afternoon...25/07/2015
The preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia, took place this afternoon at the Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg. The Republic of Ireland have been drawn in Group D together with Wales, Austria, Serbia, Moldova and old foes Georgia.
Saturday evening in the Airtricity Premier Division...25/07/2015
Longford Town and their visitors Drogheda United played out a one all draw at the City Calling Stadium in the Airtricity League Premier Division this Saturday evening.
Friday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division...24/07/2015
The Setanta Ireland cameras travelled West to the Showgrounds to bring live coverage of the Airtricity League Premier Division meeting of a struggling Sligo Rovers and a re-vitalised St Patrick's Athletic, with the visitors securing a comfortable three nil victory. Dalymount Park hosted the contest between Bohemian, who scored four times in the first twenty minutes against another struggling side Derry City, who did score twice in the second half to reduce the deficit. Galway United went down to an added time goal for visitors Bray Wanderers in Eamonn Deacy Park.
Europa League exits for Airtricity League duo...23/07/2015
Airtricity League European interest ended at the second qualifying round stage of the UEFA Europa League this evening. First Division side UCD went down to a four one defeat by Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia in the Bowl and exit on a five one aggregate. Shamrock Rovers travelled to face Odds BK of Norway seeking to overturn a two nil deficit, but a two one defeat ended their interest in the competition.
Dundalk exit Champions League...22/07/2015
Dundalk played out a scoreless draw in the second leg of their second qualifying round UEFA Champions League tie with FC BATE Borisov of Belarus and exit the competition on a two one aggregate scoreline. While the 'Lilywhites' sought to maintain their normal attacking style, they were in essence outplayed by their visitors who showewd significant improvement on last week.
Friday evening in the Airtricity League Premier Division...17/07/2015
The Setanta Ireland cameras brought live Airtricity League Premier Division action from Dalymount Park this evening when Bohemian defeated visitors Sligo Rovers by one goal to nil. Struggling sides, Derry City and Limerick played out a scoreless draw in the Brandywell,while United Park witnessed a two nil defeat for hosts Drogheda United by visitors St Patrick's Athletic.
Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Third Round draw made today...17/07/2015
The draw for the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup took place in Sligo this morning, with the clash of Cork City and St Patrick's Athletic undoubtedly tie of the round. There are three other all Premier League clashes while three of the five surviving non-league sides, Cobh Wanderers, Cockhill Celtic and Sheriff YC have home draws against Sligo Rovers, Longford Town and Athlone Town respectively. The remaining non-league duo, Tolka Rovers and Killester United face each other.
Day six of the 2015 FAI Festival of Football...17/07/2015
The ninth annual FAI Festival of Football concludes in Sligo on Friday evening with the AGM Delegates Dinner at which a series of annual awards will be made. A number of social events will take place during the day and the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Third Round draw will be made by Martin O'Neill at 11am in the Showgrounds.
Tough Europa League tasks for Airtricity League duo...16/07/2015
Airtricity League First Division side UCD, who qualified through the 'fair play' route, faced a huge task in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League when they travelled to Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia in the first leg this evening, but the 'Students' emerged with great credit following a one nil defeat. The second leg is set for the Bowl at 6pm next Thursday. Our other surviving challenger Shamrock Rovers went down to a two nil home defeat against Odds BK of Norway in Tallaght Stadium and now face a daunting challenge in the second leg next Thursday.
Day Five of the 2015 FAI Festival of Football...16/07/2015
The penultimate day of the ninth annual FAI Festival of Football will feature the final club visit, to St John's, including Football For All Activity. The afternoon incorporates a Football Fun Day in Stephen Street Car Park between 2pm and 5pm and a Blind Football Ireland session at Cranmore from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. in the early evening, the Showgrounds will host a Strength and Conditioning Workshop from 6pm to 9pm.
Dundalk open Champions League campaign in Belarus..15/07/2015
2014 Airtricity League champions Dundalk commenced their UEFA Champions League campaign with a two one defeat to FC BATE Borisov of Belarus in the first leg this evening. David McMillan's goal, which sandwiched two from a very robust host side, gives the 'Lilywhites' an excellent opportunity to progress in the second leg next week in Oriel Park.
Day Four of the 2015 FAI Festival of Football...15/07/2015
Day four of the ninth annual FAI Festival of Football will witness visits to Ballymote Celtic, Coolaney, Real Tubber, Strand Celtic and the Sligo Leitrim Youth & Schoolboys League. Enniscrone will host a Football Fun Day between 2pm and 5pm, while there will be a 7x7 Games Workshop in the Showgrounds between 6pm and 9pm. The Confederation of Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporter's Clubs will hold it's Annual Convention in the Clarion Hotel throughout the afternoon with the event rounded off from 8pm with a Q&A session with John Aldridge followed by a social function with live music. Memberes of the general public may purchase tickets (€10) on the door for the Q&A /Social Function.
Day Three of the 2015 FAI Festival of Football...14/07/2015
Day three of the ninth annual FAI Festival of Football kicks off at 9am in Strandhill with a Fundamentals of Goalkeeping Coaching Course at Strand Celtic FC. Ballymote is set to host a Football Fun Day between 2pm and 5pm while local clubs set for a visit during the day include Arrow Harps, Benbulben FC, Calry Bohs, City United, Sligo IT and Yeats United. The Ursuline College is set to host Football For All Coaches Workshops between 6pm and 9pm this evening while at the same time, the Showgrounds will feature a 4v4 Games Workshop.
Fifth place finish for Ireland at World University Games...13/07/2015
Ireland finished in fifth position in men's football at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea following their three one victorey over South Africa this morning. Ireland fell behind on fifteen minutes but equalised within a minute through Alan McGreal of Crumlin United. Second half goals from Dan McGuinness of Bohemian and Tonny Bonner of Notre Dame, a student at IT Carlow, completed an excellent performance.
Club Membership - Applications and Renewals
The new Club Year commenced on the 1st July 2015 and individuals wishing to renew their membership are encouraged to complete the relevant documentation recently distributed by our Membership Secretary. New applicants are also very welcome and should use the application form which can be accessed on the left hand side of this screen.